Update 7th of December 2016
Autopia is pleased to announce that we have now raised $3,500 towards UN Women Australia Safe Bus Appeal. This donation is the equivalent to 5% of the total cost of buying a new Safe Bus.
Imagine how your life would be if you or the women and children in your life could not take a public bus to go to school or work, without having a 90% chance of being physically or sexually assaulted, threatened or robbed. That is reality for thousands of women and children in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
In response to this shocking high rate of violence, UN Women launched the Meri Safe Bus program in 2015, using two second-hand buses kindly donated from Australia.
In the past twelve months, the two Safe Buses have served over 73,513 passengers: on average 430 women and children each day.
Although the program by itself cannot solve the long-standing problem, it does help to change the attitudes and behaviours that drive violence against women, and it is a critical and immediate solution to giving women and children the safety they deserve when travelling to work and school.
Unfortunately, as a result of challenging road conditions, and difficulty maintaining the buses in PNG, the two second-hand buses are on their last legs, with one completely out- of-service and unable to be repaired. The second bus is on the road now but is near the end of its useful life.
Our partner, UN Women National Committee Australia has just launched the first crowdfunding campaign to raise the $68,000 necessary to purchase a new bus, one that is built for Port Moresby, to reduce the costs associated with ongoing maintenance.
We join UN Women on its call out to people like you, who care about ending violence against women. Please donate generously, your contribution will make a tangible and immediate change for the better in the lives of thousands of women and children and will allow this vital program to keep running.
Give a different gift this holiday season – the gift of safety to women in Port Moresby